A history of the mathematical theories of attraction and the figure of the earth from the time of Newton to that of Laplace
Book digitized by Google from the library of University of Michigan and uploaded to the Internet Archive by user tpb.
"Chronological list of authors": v. 1, p. [xxxi]-xxxiv
"Dates of birth and death of the principal writers on attraction and the figure of the earth": v. 1, p. xxxv
Mode of access: Internet
L.C. Copy Replaced by Microfilm
June 12, 2014
OCR of scan produced gibberish
Starting on page 2, this plain text and EPUB formats descend into gibberish. The mathematics formatting were too complicated. The OCR software (or its settings) failed with italics used for variables, for integrals and any two-line fractions.
This is a math-heavy book.
NOTE: The Scans in the PDF files are fine, as they are pictures of the book pages and not an interpretation of the characters. The HTML is OK, as it is a frame of these same pictures.
I only looked at HTML, PDF, EPUB and plain text.
Don't know if DjVu, Daisy or Kindle are readable.
It's a darn shame, since this book is a favorite of mine. The same scanning problem applies to Newton's Principia and most other math-heavy texts.
My cheap reader expects a clean ePUB file.
It also doesn't enlarge, pan or zoom, so
PDF files display as a distant gray block of tiny text, surrounded by a wide white border.
A few years ago, the Project Gutenberg Distributed Proofread spent a long time converting math and science books to LaTEX.
This project ended. I'll have to dig through their archives and see if these work any better.